Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience. 

Billy Yeterian, Kyle Sealund, Kyle Marceau, Clay Zotta, Keenan Asbridge, Chris Yeterian.

All of us were born in the US, mostly in Connecticut. 5 of the 6 band members went to high school together so we’ve all been playing together in some capacity for a long time.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

Keenan (Keys, Trumpet) has a degree in Jazz Performance from Western Connecticut State University. The rest of us are not formally trained.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

We all have a serious passion for funk and soul music, especially the neo soul movement of the late 90’s/ early 2000’s. D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, that kind of stuff. We also listen to a lot of hip hop and classic funk. We have an eccentric group of interests and likes but the common thread is the love of soul. All of the members except Billy and Chris have been in local bands before. Keenan currently also plays with a band called The Recess Bureau, and Kyle Marceau plays with a band called Simor. Chris has been a producer and engineer in our local scene since he was 16, working with acts ranging from rap to hardcore punk.

The name Nikita is Eastern European in origin. It roughly translates to “victory for the people”. We also enjoy how androgynous of a name it is, as it was originally a male name but has come to be used interchangeably for men and women in the last 100 years or so.  We’re heavily influenced by Prince, Bowie, and other artists who made an effort to break down gender barriers and sexuality norms and enjoy that our name expresses that.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The song “We Are A Wave” is supposed to be both a statement about the band, as well as an interpretation of a romantic experience. We feel that Nikita is inevitable, and that we truly are a wave, but in context the lyrics are more referring to experiencing a magical connection with someone, and all the ebbs and flows of that connection. The character in the song gets more comfortable with the romance as it progresses, going from nervously trying to make a move to confidently loving his partner.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist. 

We’re only about 6 months old so we’re new at this! But from our experience the best Indie labels have a super personal touch with their patrons. They listen, they believe in their artists, and give their artists a chance to succeed on their own terms. The world actually isn’t too bad for independent musicians right now, and the labels that are honestly helping those musicians achieve success are incredible, especially in comparison to the outdated giants of old.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We are trying to play a lot of shows in our area, and starting to tour outside of CT as well when we can. We’re also trying to make a dent in the online music community as well, starting with blogs like yours! We also do weekly music appreciation posts on Facebook, and curate a regularly updated Spotify playlist of our influences.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad. 

Happy – the feeling of pure unadulterated communication and musical language with 5 of your best friends

Sad – plastic.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song. 

ThatNewJam

WECS (Eastern Connecticut State University Radio).

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

http://nikitatheband.bandcamp.com

Also can be streamed on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, everywhere really.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

All of us just a few years. Most of us have yet to truly venture outside of our local scene so we haven’t seen a lot of the bad shit yet. Bracing ourselves for sure though. Our goal is to be able to tour the US and hopefully the world sharing our music! And I’m sure we could list a fair few artists we wouldn’t mind collaborating with along the way.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others. 

Many bands in the funk/soul arena rely too much on an old school sound without bringing a new feel or an honest, artistic approach to the music. We want to be more than just a fun band to dance to for a night. We make music that will move you.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

We have a hard time saying no to each other. It’s out of love though. We’ve all been friends for a really long time so it can be tough to have those discussions where people disagree on the direction of a song or a release.

Our biggest strength is definitely our individuality. You can hear every single member of the group on these songs and we’re so proud of that.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

I guess I should reveal at this point that it’s Billy (vocals) writing this, so I’ll give you mine. This list carries the caveat that it will probably be different by the time it even comes out.

“Adore” – Prince

“Bag Lady” – Erykah Badu

“On Your Face” – Earth Wind and Fire

“I Found My Smile Again” – D’Angelo

“Pink Matter” – Frank Ocean.

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 

In the modern music scene it’s incredibly important to be able to manage all aspects of your band in a DIY format. Succeed at that for a while, and then add some people to your team. Signing to a major label is a death sentence for most artists. We will probably never do it.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song. 

Wooowie, let’s see.

Guitars: Fender Mexi Strat, ’58 Reissue Les Paul

Amps: Dark Glass Microtubes 900 Bass amp with and Aguilar 2×12 cab. Supro Titan 50w, Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket 40w, 70’s Fender Super Reverb, and a Fender Blues Jr. for guitars.

Bass: 2017 Fender American Standard Dimension Bass

Drums: Mostly a Pacific kit, with a Gretsch snare from the 60’s, essentially a pre-supraphonic supraphonic

Keys: Rhodes, Prophet Synthesizer, some various Moog stuff.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 

We’re always down for a good hike; most of us enjoy some recreational drinking.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 

Personally, I did musical theater so that took a lot of the nerves out of the way before I was ever pursuing music as a career. I got comfortable playing with a band through playing with my friends in a group that did covers at parties. We had a lot of fun and I really started to get a feel for it. Keenan, Clay and Kyle Marceau were a part of that as well.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business. 

Work constantly, don’t be afraid of your potential. Know your worth. Those things. We haven’t made any money yet so we’re figuring it out ourselves.

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging. 

Pretty much none, we’ve gotten a couple spins on WECS, the local college station.

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Narrate your recording experience. 

Clay and I have been working on the skeletons for these songs for 2 years now. We re-demoed them as a band over the summer in preparation for recording. We did four days at Ghost Hit Recording in Holyoke, Massachusetts with Andrew Oedel where we recorded drums, guitars, bass, and lead vocals. We did keys in Hartford, Connecticut with Paulie Philippone of Funkhaus Music, and recorded all the backup vocals at Chris’ home studio. Both of the engineers we worked with are incredible, we plan to do more work with both of them in the future.

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List your various works. 

“We Are A Wave” is off our first EP, “Nikita Pink”! It is currently our only release.

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State links to connect you on social media. 

http://facebook.com/nikitatheband

http://instagram.com/nikitatheband

http://twitter.com/nikitatheband

http://nikitatheband.com

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